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Flip Flop Fly Ball: An Infographic Baseball Adventure

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  315 ratings  ·  55 reviews
How many miles does a baseball team travel in one season?
How tall would A-Rod's annual salary be in pennies?
What does Nolan Ryan have to do with the Supremes and Mariah Carey?
You might never have asked yourself any of these questions, but Craig Robinson's Flip Flop Fly Ball will make you glad to know the answers.
Baseball, almost from the first moment Robinson saw it, wa
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published July 12th 2011 by Bloomsbury USA (first published July 5th 2011)
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Jul 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Unlike many Americans who grow up either playing baseball or watching it or both, as a child, Craig Robinson, who grew up in England, didn’t even know what baseball was. When he finally discovered baseball he fell in love with the sport. Because he didn’t grow up with the sport, he tends to look at it a bit differently than many Americans who at times take it for granted. In “Flip Flop Fly Ball” Robinson looks at baseball in a way that most people probably never thought of.

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Aug 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: light-on-text
This is the most perfect book ever. It's charts and baseball. ...more
Asa McMahon
May 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
One week ago today Derek Jeter had his number retired as a New York Yankee. Whether Jeter deserves it or not, it's obvious the Yanks LOVE retiring jersey numbers! Between 1969 (when Mickey Mantle had his #7 retired) and 2003, the Yankees retired a number every 2.62 years. At that pace, according to Craig Robinson author of Flip Flop Fly Ball, a Yankees player or coach will need to wear a triple-digit jersey by the year 2100. I'll roll over and laugh in my grave when that happens! By then the fon ...more
Matt Ely
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baseball
Ultimately, this is a book by a baseball nerd for other baseball nerds. A love of intricate data sets expressed graphically, as well as an appreciation for the game's absurd minutiae will make this a more enjoyable read. Are you in that demographic? Well if you think that a visualization of the rise and fall of powder blue road jerseys in the MLB would be neat, then this book is for you. ...more
Sep 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baseball
Well, that's just a delightful book. Too slight to give 5 stars to (and too much emphasis on a single point in time, which feels strange when you're reading it several years later), but such fun to read and something I'll go back to. My kids are really enjoying it too. ...more
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Utterly delightful.
Danielle Mintzlaff
May 26, 2020 rated it liked it
It was a fun book, but the font size and colors he used made it hard to read.
Mar 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: baseball
We each have a unique relationship with the National Pastime. Some of us can't get our fill of sabermetrics, deriving meaning from intricate formulas that crack open the sports mysteries. Others soak in the tradition of Fenway or Wrigley, imagining the ghosts of the greats who performed on the same dirt generations earlier. We may get lost in the acrobatic beauty of a skillfully turned double play or a sweet, smooth swing.

While most fans find both left- and right-brain appeal in the sport, few a
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
This coffee-table volume dishes up informative, instructive, and intriguing aspects about the Boys of Summer. The British-born author-illustrator journals his adoption of America’s pastime, pens his love for the New York Yankees, and inventories his visits to actual and virtual baseball venues. His scant pages of text (headlined with cute bobblehead figures) are interspaced with ample visuals, paintings, maps, and other illustrations that pump colorful life into otherwise boring actuarial catego ...more
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baseball
of the many hundreds (or could it be thousands?) of books written about baseball, flip flop fly ball ought to rank amongst the most unique, informative, and entertaining. devised and written by craig robinson, an englishman whose love for the game was late to bloom, flip flop fly ball is a collection of bar graphs, line graphs, pie charts, venn diagrams, and other assorted infographics about baseball miscellany and esoterica.

robinson's love for baseball did not begin until his thirties, but it'
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-vine
This book contains a variety of baseball-related infographics from Craig Robinson. Many of them are informative, many are funny, and quite a few are both informative *and* funny. Robinson, an English person who first became hooked on baseball during adulthood, also tells stories between the infographics about how he came to love the game and his experiences traveling around the US (and Canada) to see big league teams play.

For someone like me who likes baseball and loves trivia, this book is grea
Jun 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
I am pleased to recommend “Flip Flop Fly Ball” to anyone remotely interested in baseball, statistics, and/or infographics. Englishman Craig Robinson brings very unique perspectives and insights to our great game. He provides clarity and understanding through a combination of easily understood infographics and engaging storytelling.

Growing up in England and living in Germany, Robinson missed the thrill of going to a major league ball park with his father and his glove during his formative years.
Jul 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baseball
What a fun book!

Author Craig Robinson combines his love for baseball with his artistic and writing skills to produce one fun, eminently readable hardcover book. An Englishman, Robinson came to baseball later in life, but when he did, he fell whole-heartedly in love with the game. He had a lot of catching up to do, but this also gave him the ability to see baseball from a slightly different, skewed angle than Americans.

Not only is the book illustrated with original works of art, like the paintin
Jul 20, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is a GoodReads Win. I love winning books from Goodreads, as I get books I might never have looked at before. This is a large book, which would be great for the coffee table of a baseball lover. It could be called "101 of baseball". The cover states, this is an Infographic Baseball Adventure. Beautifully printed on good stock paper, this book has some wonderful pictures in it, as well as informative stories about baseball and the stadiums throughout America, and lots and lots of statist ...more
Jun 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Trivia, baseball, unrelated pop culture references, footnotes, and graphs: turns out these are some of my favorite things. I love the website, and can't wait to see what Robinson came up with for the book.

I'll start, right up front, by saying I had two problems with this book. The first being that quite a few of the infographics included in the book were originally posted to the website, meaning I've already seen them. Don't get me wrong - I liked them! Both times I saw them! But I've already se
Sep 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Flip Flop Fly Ball is a coffee-table sized book that is a combination of various graphs, charts and illustrations about the game of Major League Baseball, and the story of a British fan (the author) falling in love with the game and travelling to various major league parks. The graphics range from the amusing (The Republic of Bradenia, a reference to Oakland A's pitcher Dallas Braden and his umbrage with Alex Rodriguez crossing the pitcher's mound on his way back to the dugout) to the fascinatin ...more
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baseball
I came across this book as I was wandering around the book store looking for Christmas gifts for my husband. My husband has collected a pretty extensive baseball book library, so finding a baseball book he doesn't already have can be difficult and baseball books are probably his favorite present to receive. Flip Flop Fly Ball caught my interest as soon as I opened the book up. I can see where some might feel this is just a book of random stats and facts. But for those who love the game of baseba ...more
Amy Palmer
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: baseball fans
Recommended to Amy by: kayakgal
Shelves: to-buy, baseball
This book gave such a fresh perspective on the game of baseball. It compared teams, players, stadiums and uniforms in ways I never thought about. A few of my favorite infographics from the book were: A comparison of players homeruns and their involvement with performance enhancing drugs; outlines of each of the Major League fields (I picked out Fenway with no problem!); Green Monster height comparisons; and Kevin Costner's baseball movies vs. his non-baseball movies.

If you are a fan of the game
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
I received this book as a part of the Goodreads giveaway program. This book was...random. There were some pretty cool stats, some graphs that made much more of an impact with pictures than words ever would, and some unique looks at baseball as told by an English baseball fan and some very strange stories that I never did quite figure out how they might be related to baseball. Kind of fun to flip through, but definitely not a reread. Gave it to my husband who is a big time baseball fan and he los ...more
Jul 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-my-30s
Disappointing. Sure, some of the graphs/charts/whatever were interesting but so many were just plain dumb. Also, I couldn't read half of them! It appears the author closed his eyes and randomly chose colors for the text, damned whether the background was black and the color chosen was a deep red or what have you. Another problem I have with this book is no page numbers, so if I did want to tell you about a cool chart I'd have to say something like: it's sort in the middle towards the end. This b ...more
Jul 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Baseball fans and graphic design aficionados with a sense of humor
Shelves: arc, beisbol, doodads
A highly entertaining bit of dorkery. Mr Robinson is a Brit who discovered Baseball somewhat late in life, and brings a different, and humorous, perspective to the game. My two favorite graphics: the headache inducing chart of all the MLB managerial changes during Bobby Cox's 20 year tenure at the helm of the Atlanta Braves; and the somewhat snarky (but entirely merited) page illustratng the procedure for removing the sticker which New Era affixes on the bills of their Baseball caps, and which t ...more
Dec 11, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baseball
I absolutely loved this book. I highly recommend it to any baseball fan who is amused by all sorts of aspects of the game. The author is a British graphic designer who fell in love with baseball later in life which I think leads to the unique way he approaches the game. The book shows really nice looking graphics of things like i) how much would it cost if players actually stole the bases, ii) how far did Barry Bonds walk in his walks, iii) what is the elevation of every ball park (Target Field ...more
Jennifer Didik
Mar 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: baseball, nonfiction
i'm probably rounding up. does this book deserve five stars? well. do we need an illustration showing us that arod's 2010 salary and prorated bonus equals a 3,178.3 mile high stack of pennies? do we need graphs, both pie and chart, breaking down all 2010 bobblehead giveaways? do we need to know the percentages of players who wore high socks on opening day 2010? well. did i need that third, fourth, or fifth drink this past friday night? of course not. but it happened, and so did this book. and ma ...more
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is a collection of infographics on baseball by one guy with a blog, with varying levels of absurdity. Regardless of how I feel about each individual graphic, it's good that this concept exists. I don't know if I necessarily need to know how tall Alex Rodriguez's salary would be if it were pennies stacked one or the other, or how far MLB baserunners run in a total season, but something like this -- - is genuinely instructive. Fun read. ...more
May 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Visually amazing and informative for a baseball aficionado. Several baseball fans in my family picked this up to look at it. However, I think the designer did not make the best decisions about type size and reversing out of color. Hard to read explanatory detail. Personally, I skipped the English author's narrative about his experiences; I was more interested in the visual presentations of statistical data. Good gift idea for a baseball fan. ...more
Unit of Raine
Jun 26, 2011 rated it liked it
I read parts of it (I bought it as a gift, but it was a book, in my house ...).

Some of the stats and info was interesting to the non-fan. Some was interesting to the insider. And some was just randomly WTF. But apparently it's being enjoyed by those that know WAY more about baseball than I; so it's a random, serious baseball fan-centric coffee table book.
The Chuck
Jan 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This books is amazing! This guy's blog is equally amazing. I hope he releases a book every year. I'd buy them all! They're amazing infographics about all kinds of baseball information.

Thanks to Craig Robinson, I now know that I spend about 5.5% of my year watching Tigers baseball. I guess it's a good thing that I multitask.
Deborah Morgan
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction-ya
If you are a baseball fan you will love this. I am not, so it was tedious. The book is mainly graphs depicting everything from the parking lot size to the number bars in baseball stadiums. You will not find any statistics in here that are in most baseball books. This is for the trivial pursuit fan.
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
This was great! It combines my love of baseball with graphic design [dubbed infographics by Craig Robinson] to deliver some really interesting and terrific to look at tidbits about the sport. This will mainly appeal to baseball lovers though as some of the graphics are kind of obscure. Some are amazingly detailed and rich with content, others just really simple clever designs.
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Livened up some boring facts with fantastic visuals--paintings, charts, graphs. Great fun for baseball enthusiasts, and great examples for my classroom. I've marked several pages to share with my English IV students while teaching Infographics. I hope these will help them rethink their research topics from a visual standpoint...making a "boring-to-others topic" fascinating for a brief moment. ...more
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